Munnekolala lake springs back to life

Munnekolala lake springs back to life

The Munnekolala Lake in AECS Layout near Marathahalli is getting the much-needed facelift, thanks to the efforts of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

The project began a year ago and is being executed in a phased manner at an estimated cost of Rs 3.85 crore. It includes works such as de-silting, construction of bund and pathway.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Brijesh Kumar, BBMP Chief Conservator of Forests (Lakes and Horticulture), said, “In the first phase, we are undertaking de-silting, bund formation, construction of waste weir and sewage diversion. These works have been completed except the work on sewage diversion. The total cost incurred for the first phase is Rs 2.70 crore.”

He said the remaining Rs 1.15 crore will be used for the second phase of works that include construction of pathway, planting of saplings, construction of kalyani (temple tank), park improvements and other public amenity works.

He added that more than a year ago, residents had approached the Palike for improving the condition of the lake as it was on the verge of disappearance.

“It will take another one and a half years to complete the project as we have to invite a fresh tender for the second phase of works. Floating a tender takes a minimum of three months,” said Kumar.

The residents pointed out that earlier the lakebed had turned into a cesspool with discharge of sewage from the buildings in the vicinity.

Sourav Gupta, who stays near the lake, said that the situation had improved after the Palike took up the rejuvenation project.

However, some residents felt that the project was moving at a snail’s pace.

Akhil Goel, a resident, said, “I am not seeing many workers on the site of late. The civic agency has to ensure that the work is completed at the earliest. The money they have spent till date will go waste if the work comes to a halt.” Palike officials maintained that there was no delay on the execution front but there were minor problems related to payment to contractors and workers.

“These problems arise while implementing any project. We are making all attempts to complete the work at the earliest,” said a Palike official who did not wish to be named.

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